Dr Sofia Vougioukalou

Research Fellow


I am the lead researcher in the HARP project. This involves conducting research on processes of embedding innovative creative interventions within health and care settings in Wales. I also founded and convened the Public Involvement and Patient Experience in Research (PIPER) group which engages a diverse group of experts by experience throughout our research and innovation programme.


Arts and Health

Dementia and Diversity


I am an applied medical anthropologist with expertise in participatory quality improvement within healthcare. I have researched the hospital experiences of people with long-term conditions (cancer, dementia and Huntingdon’s disease) using observational methods, interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, and visual methods. I have used creative methods in cancer and dementia research and used patient-produced images in education, service improvement and public engagement. I am also an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion champion and have led on the inclusion of seldom-heard groups and patient voices in research design and education.



Outside of work

I sing with the Oasis World Choir (an integrated refugee, asylum-seeker and local resident choir) and take part in various local community arts activities. I also have an interest in traditional plant uses such as herbal medicine, heritage cooking, basket weaving, cider-making and foraging.